Program Spotlight- Precision Machine Technology
Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Fogleman
Explain a typical day in your program.
“Students come in, and get changed and ready. Early arrivals start setting up and preparing for the day. Once all students have arrived, we discuss what each student is working on that day. Level 1 and Level 2 students typically get a lesson and are then released to the lab to apply their skills. Level 3 students cover new CNC coding while Level 1 and 2 students are out at social studies. Then they clean the lab and change for dismissal.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
“Measurement. Employers need people that understand how to produce and check accurately.”
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“Pretty much everything is the same as last year. We are working on improving the quality and quantity of machines and tooling the students use to learn their trade.”
What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?
“40% go to college and 60% go to machining related fields to perform CNC and manual machining services.”
What are some of the recent technologies and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?
“CNC programming and the use of CNC milling machines and lathes.”
How many years have you been at CPAVTS and what was your experience before coming here?
“I’ve been here for four years. Before I came to CPAVTS, I went to Penn College for drafting, then HACC/AMP for Machining. I spent 18 years in the machining field with three different companies; 13 of those years were with one company.”
What advice would you give students who have completed your program?
“Never stop learning. Technology is constantly changing and they need to keep up with the changes.”
Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence if you can.
“We learn the safety of machining and how to program and operate machines.”
“How to make precision parts for everything you use in your everyday life.”
“How to be a productive member in a manufacturing process.”
“I learn to be proficient on many lathe, mill, drill press, and grinding operations.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“Geometric dimensioning and tolerating.”
“Learning such a large industry in a short time.”
“Dealing with numbers and holding tight tolerances.”
What is the most fun part of your program?
“The overall learning experience and getting to know people interested in the same trade as you.”
“Finishing a certification.”
What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?
“A CNC control panel- computer numerical control.”
“Off- hand grinding and sharpening lathe tools.”
“CAD and CAM programs on the computer. We’ve been doing a lot with those this year and it relates to me wanting to be a civic programmer or engineer.”
What is your plan for after high school?
“Attend Penn Tech and start working with Capitol Tool.”
“To go directly into the workforce with a family company.”
“To become a tool and die maker.”
“I am going to college to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering.”
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
“Every day is a highlight in here.”
“Learning and using the machines.”
“Corn hole champions.”
What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?
“Making things that everyone can use.”
“Writing code by hand.”
“Making machine parts to spec.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“Work until the bell and try to do my best.”
“A little paperwork and a lot of machining.”
“Come in and get working on the lesson.”
How is your program at CPAVTs different from other class you have had in the past?
“I rarely had a class where we apply what we learn immediately after learning it.”
“It prepares me for a specific industry as opposed to a generic class.”
“It’s hands-on and the instructor really cares about what he is teaching you. They work really hard to make sure you get a job.”
“You learn a deeper understanding to the reality of the work force and you can apply homeschool classes such as mathematics.”
What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student starting the program or to students considering enrolling in the program?
“Be safe. Check everything always before using.”
“Keep on task and stay ahead of the game.”
“You need to be serious about this trade because if you aren’t, you will struggle.”
“Don’t get discouraged if you don’t end up getting something the first time, it takes practice.”
“Focus on being precise in everything you do in this shop.”